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The recent airing of the CNN town hall discussion “Prescription Addiction: Made in the USA,” hosted by Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta seems to have captured the attention of chronic pain patients all across America based on what I have seen on social media over the last few days. I applaud all the experts who participated, not only for their commitment to addressing the deadly problem of painkiller addiction, but also for trying to...
If you take prescription opioids, you may have experienced withdrawal symptoms at some point—perhaps when you forgot to take a scheduled dose of medication. Opioid withdrawal is highly unpleasant, and for some people it feels intolerable.
Pouring buprenorphine pills into hand
Over the last few weeks, the CDC, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the President of the United States have all separately hit the emergency button over the subject of chronic pain treatment and opioid pain killers. Concerns over the rising tide of pain killer addiction, accidental overdose deaths, and a carryover effect causing a steep rise in heroin use have made this a “code blue” emergency for Washington. President...
This is Health Revolution Radio, today's topic: National Pain Strategy Guest Speakers: Cindy Steinberg, Michael Sullivan, and Heather Elledge
For the past three years, Kathleen had been taking daily opioids prescribed by her primary care doctor to treat her chronic back pain. Despite the medications, her pain persisted and even worsened. She came to see me in the pain clinic, and it was apparent that her stress and anxiety were serving to amplify her pain — and her need for opioids. The problem is, opioids do not treat the psychological factors that worsen pain.
A lot has happened in the world of pain recently from a public policy standpoint. First, on March 15 the CDC released its much publicized guidelines on prescribing opioids for chronic pain. A few days later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quietly posted the National Pain Strategy (NPS), outlining the federal government’s strategy for “reducing the burden of chronic pain that affects millions of Americans.” The CDC...
By Nicole Hemmenway While the issue of pain medication and addiction has been a hot topic in the media and government for quite some time, a TV commercial shown during the Super Bowl seemed to add more fuel to the fire.
What Is the Overall Strategy to Treat Chronic Pain? Goal: To provide pain management and to prevent exacerbations and are-ups The current strategy combines the use of medication, exercise, mental health services, and complementary therapies including yoga, Reiki, and re exology. The combination of all of these therapies has been shown to be the most e ective at managing symptoms....
By Dr. Peter Abaci
By Dr. Peter Abaci


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